Moscow Will Expel Two Greek Diplomats in Response to Athens

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

According to the publication, such measures are a response to Russians' wrongful interference in the internal affairs of Greece.

More specifically, Athens is accusing the Russian diplomats of efforts to extract and circulate information, and to bribe Greek state operatives, which have failed, Ekathimerini has learned.

Greek media reported earlier that Athens had chose to expel the Russian envoys and ban entry to another two over suspicions they had tried to undermine an agreement with neighboring Macedonia.

Over in Moscow, RIA is reporting, citing Russian Duma deputy Andrei Klimov, that two Greek diplomats will now be expelled from Russia. "Diplomats' expulsion is followed by tit-for-tat measures", the official said answering a question on the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Greece.

Kathimerini claims that the Russian side tried to intervene in the Balkans issues the Greeks regard as particularly sensitive.

Last month the two countries signed an agreement that if approved will see FYR Macedonia change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, for its part, indicated in a terse statement disseminated by local news agencies that it would "respond in kind" if its diplomats are expelled from Greece.

Diplomats in Athens on Wednesday elaborated on the insights revealed by Kathimerini's report, noting that Greek authorities had long warned Moscow about the behavior of the Russian diplomats.

However, the diplomatic sources quoted by Kathimerini added that Greece still aimed to maintain "good co-operative relations" with Russian Federation. "That has also occurred this time", Tzanakopoulos said.

The UK government says the nerve agent used in the Skripal attack was of a type developed by Russian Federation, but the country's authorities continue to deny any involvement.

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